Blogmas ~ Peppermint Nutella Hot Chocolate

It's about time for another Blogmas post, however this time I thought I would start doing some Christmas food/drink posts. What a better time to have indulgent and delicious food and drinks?!! 

In my family we don't really tend to make this type of hot chocolate until December has truly come, I guess you could say this is one of our Christmas traditions. Normally most people in my family make it without the peppermint addition but I love adding it as it makes me feel super Christmasy and it tastes delicious!

To make these gorgeous hot chocolates you will need:

  • Any type of milk you fancy ~ You can use dairy, soy, almond and vanilla rice milk. I love making it with soy milk instead of dairy milk as it makes it so much creamier.
  • Nutella
  • Candy Canes
  • Whipped Cream
  • Marshmallows (optional)

  • Measure out how much milk you need - I just pour the milk straight into the mug that I am going to use and then just pour it straight into the saucepan.
  • Heat it gently on a low heat (you can do this step in the microwave cup by cup, just be careful. I've had some many cups of milk that have exploded in my microwave!).......make sure to keep an eye on it so it doesn't burn!
  • Once your milk is warmed through break up half of a candy cane and whisk this into the milk, I find it easier to add the candy cane in at this step as it's easier to tell that its all blended in. It also turns your milk a pink colour which is super cute and genuinely amazed me when it first happened (easy to fool I know!).
  •  Then add as much nutella as you want! I would suggest you add them one spoonful at a time (it just helps it blend easier!), I used 3 teaspoons of nutella and it was the perfect amount as neither the candy cane or nutella overpowered the other!
  • To make it truly indulgent you can add some marshmallows to the bottom of your cup before you pour in your hot chocolate (little tip I picked up from Thorntons!), then as you pour your hot chocolate the marshmallows melt perfectly into the hot chocolate for that extra bit of luxury.
  • If you are truly skilled or have a saucepan with a lip, pour your hot chocolate straight into your mug. If not haven't quite mastered that skill yet like me, use a ladle and try and get most of it in the mug! 
  • Top with whipped cream until your hearts content, put on a Christmas film, get your blanket out and enjoy!

What's your favourite Christmas drink?

Being a nurse isn't about grades, it's about being who we are. It isn't just about the pills or the charting. It's about being able to love people when they are at their weakest moments!  

Danielle Levy

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